Monday, July 4, 2011

Zucchini and Eggplant Baked Rice

This is similar to my earlier baked pork chop rice, except that this is much healthier, as I have replaced the fried pork chop with grilled zucchini and eggplant.  

(serves 3)

Cooked rice (enough for 3) - cook the rice in stock and stir in 1 tbsp fried shallots
2 slices of cheese + a handful of grated cheese
2 tomatoes, cut into small cubes
1 zucchini (3/4 cut into thin slices, 1/4 cut into cubes)
1 eggplant (3/4 cut into thin slices, 1/4 cut into cubes)
2 pieces of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 cup tomato puree
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
1 stalk spring onion, chopped (for garnish)

1) Prepare the tomato-based sauce: Heat up a sauce pot over medium heat.  Add a little oil and stir fry the chopped onion and garlic.  Add in the chopped zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes.   Cook the vegetables till  slightly soften.   Add in the sun-dried tomato and tomato puree.   Add about 3/4 cup water, bring to boil and simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.    Add salt/pepper to taste and set aside.

2) For the sliced zucchini and eggplant: Rub a little cooking oil and a pinch of salt/pepper onto the sliced vegetables to prevent them from turning brown.  Heat up a grilling pan till very hot (no need to add oil).  Place the sliced zucchini/eggplant on the hot grilled pan to brown on both sides.  Remove and set aside.

3) Place the cooked rice in a lightly-oiled baking dish.  Pour about 1/3 of the tomato sauce over the rice.  Place the grilled zucchini and eggplant on top, follow with 2 slices of cheese.  Pour in the remaining sauce and sprinkle a handful of grated cheese on top.  Bake in preheated oven at 180C for about 15 minutes.  Garnish with chopped spring onion and serve hot.


  1. looks good for me but my kids doesn't appreciate eggplants, dont think i have chance to try this out.

  2. I love egg plants.
    They give a "meaty" flavour when grilled :)
    With zucchini, I'm sure this rice tastes fabulous!

  3. Sonia: same here, my girl does not really like eggplants, but she likes the tomato sauce. So, I give her just a little eggplants and zucchini. Slowly, they will learn to accept the taste.

    Wendy: yes, the eggplants and zucchini are good substitutes for meat, though of course, the taste and texture are not quite the same.

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  5. do you share recipe with Peng's kitchen?

    you have very similar recipe...


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